John Bellany

Untitled (Self-Portrait with Dog)

About this artwork

John Bellany used his immediate surroundings and his own experiences as raw material for his art. Portraits, especially self-portraits, were central to his work. Bellany's portraits are vibrant and visual statements, rather than close likenesses. After undergoing liver transplant surgery in 1988, Bellany produced a series of extremely personal self-portraits charting the course of his hospitalisation and recovery. In his works, Bellany used his own symbolic language, often taken from the sea or from religion. Animals also appear in this system of symbols; fish, owls, monkeys and, as in this case, a dog.

  • title:
    Untitled (Self-Portrait with Dog)
  • accession number:
    GMA 2992
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  • materials:
    Etching on paper (15/25)
  • date created:
    Dated 1971
  • measurements:
    26.50 x 23.60 cm (paper size: 65.00 x 50.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1986
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of John Bellany. All Rights Reserved 2017/ Bridgeman Images

John Bellany

John Bellany